Selling Helguson was crucial factor in QPR's relegation - Green

The England international has bemoaned the decision to sell the club's top scorer in the Premier League last season and reveals his frustration at not playing regularly
QPR goalkeeper Robert Green believes the sale of Heidar Helguson has been a major factor in the club's relegation from the Premier League.

The Icelander helped the club achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2010-11 and was the club’s leading scorer last season, helping them avoid relegation on the final day.

However, he was sold to Cardiff last summer, where he has played a major part in their Championship title success, and Green believes QPR’s lack of goals is the primary reason for their relegation.  

“Robin van Persie has scored about as many goals as us this season. I think that says it all really,” Green explained to west London Sport.

“The lack of goals has been clear for all to see and I think Andrew Johnson getting injured and missing the season hasn’t helped.

“For me, another factor has been that the top scorer from last season was sold. That was a big decision.

“I say that with no disrespect to Jay [Bothroyd], who has also not played many games and has managed to score and play well when he has come in.

“But to sell someone like Helguson, who helped the club get up, was the top scorer last season and has helped Cardiff get promoted this season, I think had an effect.”

Green was a new arrival at Loftus Road at the start of the season, coming in to replace Paddy Kenny as QPR’s number one in a move questioned by the Loftus Road faithful.

Unfortunately for Green, a poor start to the campaign saw him quickly replaced by Julio Cesar, who remained the club’s number one for the majority of matches since.

And Green admits it’s been a tough season watching on from the QPR bench.

“I want to play in every game and didn’t join QPR not to play,” he admitted.

“When it seems predetermined that you’re not going to play, it’s very frustrating. We’ve won six matches this season and I’ve played in five of them.

“If it was a case of ‘if you play well and the team’s winning you keep your place’ I might have played more, but that’s not happened.

“What I’ve had to do is just take things with a pinch of salt and accept that this year I’m not going to be playing a lot.”